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America, the Law-crazed

Henry_Bowman Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:22 AM
Certainly those in solitary confinement should not have contact. For all others, there are weekly visiting hours. Why should the state mark up phone time 100X?

Over the past few decades, America has locked up more and more people. Our prison population has tripled. Now we jail a higher percentage of people than even the most repressive countries: China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730.

"Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little," The Economist says.

Yet we keep adding more laws and longer jail terms.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin's secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, "Show me the man, and I'll show you the...